It feels good being outside in the sunshine, getting my hands dirty, reading books on the beach, eating dinner outside with friends, enjoying pink sunsets.
What are your reasons to love summer?
My wonderful mother-in-law, Vicki, hosted a beautiful BBQ on Mother’s Day. For fun, I printed out these little notes from Oh Happy Day! to put all around the party. When I got to Vicki’s she had a big bowl filled with garlic and as it turned out, they made a perfect vessel for holding these notes of love and thankfulness for the mothers in our lives.
Our CSA started up again and it’s our fourth year as site hosts for Wimer’s Organics. Wow, time flies! I wanted to share some tips as well as some must-have pantry items. The beginning of the CSA season is heavy on greens and I have found that sauteing and fresh salads are the quickest options for week night meals.
For collards, swiss chard, spinach, beet greens, kale, dandelion greens: saute them in a little bacon or pancetta, garlic, sliced onions, crushed red pepper and you are set. It only takes a few minutes and you can serve them with some whole wheat pasta or protein.
For arugula, baby spinach, romaine, red leaf lettuce, baby salad mix, green butter lettuce: make a simple salad with olives, cheese and a great dressing. (I love curly shards of Parmesan on top of an arugula salad!) To make my own dressing I keep it simple with dijon mustard, vinegar, salt, and good olive oil. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add minced garlic and some herbs. Shake it all up in a small ball jar and store any leftovers in the refrigerator. I buy extra virgin olive oil from A Taste of Olive in West Chester, I was introduced to them by my friend Anne and I try to go back a couple times a year to stock up. They have great quality products so if you are in the area, check them out! If you are not up for making your own salad dressing, I highly recommend Brianna’s Real French Vinaigrette (it has a picture of an artichoke on the front). My friend Leya introduced it to me last summer and I love the tangy citrus flavor.
I highly suggest prepping everything the night you pick up your share. Get a great salad spinner and wash and chop the greens right away for ease throughout the week. On the weeks we don’t do this, we don’t go through all the vegetables and feel really guilty. We store everything in large tupperware containers or you could use gallon sized zip lock bags.
Any tips or pantry items that you like to use for your CSA box? Please share!
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I’m still here.
I’m studying for the GMAT if that helps to explain why I’ve been missing. I thought I was doing well and then I took a practice test and I’m not doing so hot. It’s so different when there is a ticking clock in the corner, ugh. Whatever happens, I’ll have my life back come May 5th.
Follow me on Instagram if you’d like: ourcorneroftheearth. I’m really loving that app so much. Oh, I just saw this news.
Be well out there.
For Christmas I got an ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid and boy is it dangerous! Last night I made mint chocolate chip and it was super easy and delicious.
Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:
2 cups of 2% milk
2 cups of half & half
1 cup of sugar (I used a little less)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of peppermint extract (I had this left over from the peppermint bark)
1 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
A few drops of green food coloring (optional)
Stir together all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and add to the machine. About 10 minutes later, add the chocolate chips. If you can’t find the mini’s then chop up the regular sized morsels. Serve over a warm brownie.
This morning I watched Rita Dove on Bill Moyer’s show on PBS talk about the power of poetry. It made me want to pick up a copy of The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.
Happy Sunday to you. Will you be watching the Downton Abbey finale tonight? We plan on having a couple friends over and enjoying the show over some homemade ice-cream and brownies. Yum!
It’s been awhile since I pulled out the juicer. It’s one of those kitchen appliances that I really don’t use that often (that, and the waffle maker) but I saw this recipe in Whole Living magazine last month and decided to give it a go. Being a huge fan of grapefruit, I was in heaven with the fragrance, and it didn’t taste too bad either. This zesty juice is filled with Vitamin C and fiber. I made a big batch and had it everyday for breakfast for a week. Nothing like getting your day off to a great start.
I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Jeff and I celebrated by going to an amazing chocolate party.
As a fundraiser for the co-op, Chef Chad Durkin gave a pastry demonstration on how to make whoopie pies and adult chocolate milk. As you can see, there was a table full of chocolate and one of the best moments was when I found the most perfect chocolate – a german chocolate “brute” at 67% cocoa. It is the perfect bitterness for me and needless to say, I happily went into a chocolate coma after eating several pieces.
Back in May 2011, one of my favorite blogs Oh Happy Day, posted a DIY project that seemed like a great idea for Jeff’s 30th birthday (July 16). Jordan has been living in Paris with her family for over a year and always posts amazing craft projects and inspiring photos from her life. She partnered with one of my favorite artists, Shanna Murray and I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do for my guy on his special day.
How special would you feel if you got 25 post cards that read I’m so glad you were born?
I followed Jordan’s instructions and simplified a bit more by printing out a letter with the instructions and attaching it to the “pieces of the puzzle” on pre-printed card stock. I also pre-stamped and addressed it for everyone so that way all our friends and family needed to do was cut it out, write on it, and put it in the mail.
It worked out perfectly because most of the postcards arrived while we were away in Europe, so it was a great present to come home to – who doesn’t love getting mail?
Thank you to all our friends and family who participated, and thank you Jordan and Shanna – Jeff loved it so much that he wants to frame it!
If you would like to do this for a loved one, click here for more details and templates.